Driver's Safety Course
The defendant is NOT eligible to take a driver safety course if the offense is for the following:
Speeding 95 miles per hour or more;
- 25 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a regular zone; 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone;
- An offense relating to the "Duty to Give Information and Aid (leaving the scene of an accident);"
- An offense relating to "Overtaking and Passing a School Bus;"
- An offense committed in a construction or maintenance work zone while workers are present;
- An offense identified as a serious traffic violation in Section 522.003(25) of the Transportation Code.
- You must have a valid Texas driver's license or permit, proof of active military duty or proof that you are a spouse or a dependent child of a person on active military duty;
- If you have a CDL (commercial driver's license) you are NOT eligible to take defensive driving;
- You must present proof of valid financial responsibility ( automobile insurance);
- You cannot have completed a defensive driving course in the past 12 months;
- You cannot currently be taking a driver safety course for a traffic violation in another court.
In order to request a driving safety course, you must submit the following to the court on or before your initial court setting:
- $109.10 Court Cost Fee - $134.10 for offenses in school zone;
- A valid copy of your Texas driver’s license (or other approved documents);
- A valid copy of your liability insurance card and/or proof of financial responsibility;
- Completed driving safety request affidavit located in the forms section.
Upon approval of the request by the Judge, you will need to complete the following:
- Complete the driver safety course (outside vendor - approximate cost of $25.00)
- Obtain your driving record from the State - you will need "Type 3A" (www.texas.gov)
- Return your instruction sheet provided by the Court with all necessary portions completed and signed by the defendant.
Driver’s Safety Procedures
Upon approval by the judge, the court staff will mail you an instruction sheet which will give you the dates of completion and return deadlines for your paperwork. During the deferral period, defendants must drive and operate their vehicle without receiving another moving violation during the probationary period.
You will have 90 days to complete the course, obtain all the necessary documentation, and return those items to the office in order to have your citation dismissed.
You may mail or deliver the paperwork to the office - however, we recommend you make copies of everything you send, should the completion forms become lost in the mail.
If you do not complete the course within the allocated time period, the Judge cannot extend your deadline. You will then be required to pay any remaining balance and the offense will be shown as a conviction on your driving record.
Deferred Disposition (Probation)
Under certain conditions, you may request a probationary period (deferred disposition) to keep a citation off your driving record without appearing in Court. The deferred disposition period will vary from 90 to 180 days according to the Judge's ruling.
Class C License Holders (Regular Driver's License)
Eligibility Conditions to request Deferred Disposition for a Citation
If you are under 25 years of age, you will be required to attend a driver safety course as a condition of your deferred disposition.
Your citation cannot have occurred in a construction zone with the workers present.
You must not have received a citation for 25 or more miles over the speed limit in a regular zone or 10 or more miles over in a school zone.
You must not possess a Class B or Class A driver's license for commercial vehicles.
If you do not meet all of these conditions and you would like to enter your plea before the Judge you must appear at the Court. In some instances, State law will not allow the Judge to grant deferred disposition and therefore a personal appearance will not alter your ability to request probation.
Deferred Disposition Request Procedures
Upon submission of your request form, the Judge will review your driving history and will either approve or deny your application. Deferred disposition is at the Judge's discretion and not an automatic approval or option offered by the court. The Judge may also require the defendant to take a driver safety course as a condition of the deferred offer.
The term of the deferral will generally last for 90 days.
Should the Judge change the period from 90 days, the Court will send you notification of the extended length of probation.
Should the Judge require additional conditions, such as a driver safety course, the Court will also notify you of the requirement.
If denied: You will receive a new court date to appear before the Judge to discuss your case or to allow you to make your request in person.
All requests and payments must be mailed/postmarked by the court date listed on the front of your citation. Failure to do so could result in the request being denied and the case being reset to the next available court date.
Deferred Disposition Compliance
During the deferral period, defendants must drive and operate their vehicle without receiving another moving violation during the probationary period.
Failure to adhere to this rule will result in the case being set for a show-cause hearing. The hearing will allow you the opportunity to provide proof of the emergency situation that resulted in you receiving another citation while on probation.